This week’s top read stories on getwestlondon is a varied bunch.
We have a dramatic fire, a royal visit, crime stories and a group of youths who displayed their head for heights in an unconventional manner which was roundly condemned.
Take a look at the top five stories this week.
High jinxs at Thorpe Park
Emergency services were called to Thorpe Park after a group of youths climbed one of Britain’s tallest rollercoasters .
The youngsters broke into the Chertsey theme park, which plans to take legal action against them, and climbed 200ft to the peak of Stealth, a ride which takes its passengers from 0-80mph in 1.9 seconds.
Emergency services attended the scene at around 10.15pm on Sunday (April 16) after the group reached the top of the UK’s second highest rollercoaster.
A spokesperson for Merlin Entertainments, owner of Thorpe Park, confirmed legal action would be brought against those involved, calling the actions “irresponsible, foolish and potentially very dangerous”.
Ealing hotel fire
A severe fire broke out on a partly built hotel in Ealing on Tuesday (April 18).
At one stage the whole roof of the eight story building was alight as well as part of the plant room, and it took 72 firefighters and officers to deal with the fire.
The eight-storey and 120-room Hotel Ibis Styles, on Uxbridge Road, is due to open in June this year .
London Fire Brigade said no one was hurt in the fire.
A teen suffered what could turn out to be life-changing injuries after he was the victim of a suspected acid attack in Fulham.
The 18-year-old was talking to a 47-year-old woman on Fulham Palace Road on Wednesday (April 19) when he was approached by a male carrying the noxious substance.
He was left with severe burns to his neck, face and shoulder, while the woman was also hurt when some of the corrosive substance splashed on to her.
The attack came days after an acid attack at a Hackney nightclub left 20 people with chemical burns on Easter Monday (April 17).
Police launched a manhunt for Arthur Collins, the boyfriend of TOWIE and I'm a Celebrity star Ferne McCann.
He was arrested on Saturday (April 22) night on suspicion of attempted murder.
A Royal visit
There was much excitement when it was revealed a new school in Hayes would be officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry .
The royal visitors popped into The Global Academy, which aims to prepare students for careers in broadcast and digital media with vocational and academic training, on Thursday (April 20).
The royals , who are patrons of mental health charity Heads Together, were supporting the university technical college.
William, Kate and Harry saw students at the academy help produce Heart FM’s radio breakfast show, broadcast nationally from the school, with presenters Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton.
The royal trio watched intently as students produced the show from a desk covered in buttons, switches, lights, as senior producers supervised their efforts.
The school sits on the Old Vinyl Factory site , and the royals were also treated to poetry from year 10 pupil Ash Chouhan, from Ruislip, as well as a short film produced by a student and a dance performance.
Police are hunting a lone robber carrying a gun after a petrol garage in South Ruislip was held up.
Cash was stolen from the BP Connect petrol station in Victoria Road at around 8.25pm on April 14.
The suspect was believed to have been wielding a gun and officers from the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad are investigating.
At the time of writing on Wednesday (April 19) police were yet to make any arrests.
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